If you’re like most fashion-conscious people, you love discovering new finds while also scoring classic pieces to maximize your wardrobe. The budget-conscious among you probably also adore items that are wearable in any season, mostly for their versatility. But let’s be honest: who wants to stash away their favorites for half a year? You sure don’t. So why not pack some year-round performers into your closet? Booties are a top footwear performer available in many colors and heel heights, so it’s no surprise that many style mavens opt for a few pairs of these sartorial life-savers.
Peep-Toe Versions Are Warm Weather Favorites
If you love the look of booties in warm weather but don’t want a closed-toe shoe, peep-toe varieties are the perfect solution. Fashionista writer Steff Yotka suggests them as a great option to transition summer wardrobes into fall and recommends pairing them with skinny pants, loose blouses and structured skirts. Those going after a subtle rocker vibe in their ensembles might opt for lace-up black leather versions. Buckled varieties with a lower shaft also work well with most office and casual outfits, and many of the chunky-heeled kinds can mimic sandals in both looks and functionality.
Ankle Booties: Your Go-To for Almost Any Occasion
Ankle bootie styles have been reinvented nearly every season in recent memory. However, they remain a steadfast staple, chosen by fashion mavens of nearly every sartorial sensibility. Zip-up and pull-on types are viable options for the shoe lover and afford their wearers the ability to tool almost any kind of look. Work them with your casual office wear, or go a little daring with a shiny leather pair with your skirt or pantsuit on the day of a big meeting. They’re always a good choice for weekend wear, and spiky-heeled styles go well with the little black dress.
Boost Your Height and Confidence With Stilettos
Afraid of wearing stilettos? There’s some good news for you. Writer Marianne Power offered some useful recommendations in a Daily Mail article on how to wear them without killing your feet. She suggests soft-gel cushion insoles, and making sure you select pairs that fit. Also, avoid the “cheap heels” and only invest in high-quality footwear. When you make the plunge for stiletto booties, you give your height and your confidence an unmistakable lift. Their sophisticated look makes them ideal footwear for work, casual and dressy ensembles.
Cutout Styles Blur the Line Between Boots and Sandals
For shoes that wear sturdy like boots but closely resemble the look and feel of sandals, you can’t go wrong with cutout booties. In recent offerings by some savvy shoe companies, many varieties feature wide ankle straps with a buckle. Depending on the type of cutout pattern featured on the bootie’s upper, some versions are close stylistic cousins to gladiator sandals that feature ankle-high straps. Try with ensembles capitalizing on feminine features, such as looser cuts and flowing fabrics or floral prints. Edgier types can pair them with a leather jacket and other pieces for a bold, daring look. Another great option is havaianas flip flops.
Fabulous Fringe Funks Up Your Style
If you’re averse to including fringe in your wardrobe, maybe it’s time to change your mind. As just a small closet addition, fringe booties are a great match with short dresses, skinny jeans, shorts or miniskirts. Appropriately, most types come in suede, boasting a wide range of colors from subtle neutrals to rich shades of burgundy, teal, oxblood and cognac. Whether you want a little country or rock ‘n’ roll in your wardrobe, adore all things boho or just desire a subtle version of the look, try ones that feature a small fringe detail up the side.
In Warm or Cold Weather, There’s a Bootie That Goes With Your Outfit
Happily, many styles of booties are wearable in most seasons. Those looking for the extra utility for late spring, summer or early fall ensembles should add peep-toe or cutout types to their closets because they’re an easy multi-season favorite. Ankle booties are solid performers for many looks, and stiletto styles give your fashion a lift. Finally, varieties with a subtle fringe detail are ideal for wearers who want to invest in the trend yet not take the full plunge. These types, which are versatile and all-around wearable, are the best sartorial investments for expanding your wardrobe.